In a large-scale crackdown on gangsters – operating from both India and abroad, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided around 50 locations across the north. India.
The raids are being carried out in coordination with the local police force at various gangster related locations in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and surrounding areas, including the home of Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar in Punjab’s Muktsar.
Officials say these gangsters have come into the sights of counterterrorism agencies after a recent investigation into a number of terrorist incidents revealed links between gangsters and terrorists.
Several gangsters, including Lawrence Bishnoi – the main suspect in the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala, are also operating from the prisons, they added.
The sources said that the Union Home Ministry then asked the NIA to carry out coordinated intelligence-led operations against these gangsters across India, while also looking into the international links. their economy.
The sources added that those involved in cross-border arms smuggling were also within sight.
The growing relationship between terrorists and gangsters in Punjab has come into focus after the killing of Sidhu Moose Wala. The center has also sent multiple warnings to Punjab police over the past two months regarding the growing gangster network, officials said.
The singer was fatally shot in his SUV near the village of Moosa in the Mansa district of Punjab on June 29.
The day after Moose Wala was murdered, Goldy Brar admitted in a Facebook post that he planned to avenge the killing of another gangster. Goldy Brar is Lawrence Bishnoi’s close aide.